mischief - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] 

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/ˈmɪstʃɪf/
  1. behaviour or play, especially of children, that causes trouble but not serious harm to other people
    be up to/get up to mischief (=do something bad):

    The boys are always up to some mischief or other.

    get into mischief (=start behaving badly):

    He got into mischief the moment he left school.

    keep (someone) out of mischief (=stop (someone) behaving badly):

    The work will keep you out of mischief.

    1. a.
      the feeling of wanting to cause trouble in order to have fun

      He could see mischief in her eyes.

    2. b.
      trouble or disagreement that someone deliberately causes
      make mischief:

      The newspapers were accused of making mischief.